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Long has the House of the Tiger ruled Merina - guiding the tiny merchant city/state wisely and skillfully in times of peace and prosperity. But now the Emperor Balthasar has come to devour and destroy - his indomitable armies gathering at the gates, poised to crush the defenseless city under their heels. Three courageous women stand between the Emperor and his triumph: Adele, the aging but still able Dowager Queen; the ruling Queen Lydana, possessor of an astounding sixth sense that is the private gift of her ...
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Long has the House of the Tiger ruled Merina - guiding the tiny merchant city/state wisely and skillfully in times of peace and prosperity. But now the Emperor Balthasar has come to devour and destroy - his indomitable armies gathering at the gates, poised to crush the defenseless city under their heels. Three courageous women stand between the Emperor and his triumph: Adele, the aging but still able Dowager Queen; the ruling Queen Lydana, possessor of an astounding sixth sense that is the private gift of her bloodline; and Princess Shelyra, Designated Daughter, lithe, quick, impetuous and ingenious, the young commander of spies and information gatherers. But they have no standing military and no arms - except their wiles, their wits and weapons of the spirit - with which to defend their besieged home. So royal matriarch, daughter and granddaughter alike must relinquish their city to the invading enemy without a fight - and vanish incognito into a world of shopkeepers, religious acolytes, craftspeople, gypsies, rebels and thieves in order to battle the Emperor from within his conquest. But far more is at stake than the sovereignty of their noble house. For at Merina's core is a great and ancient magic - a mystical force which, if corrupted, will enable omnipotent evil to reign in terror for all eternity. It is this power that has attracted the gray mage, Apolon - imperial counselor, foul necromancer, servant of demons and master of the dead. And the sorcerer, in turn, has brought countless horrors to Merina. For the Dreadful Dark he serves has perverse and terrible hungers. And it will be sated by no less than the souls of all men, the Heart of a Goddess ... and the blood of a Princess.

As an emperor's army conquers their kingdom, the ruling house's three most powerful women save their citizens by abdicating. Little does their adversary know that all three have established other identities for themselves and go into hiding--in order to fight him from behind the scenes.

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Roland Green
Three fantasy giants--the "others" are Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey--join forces to produce this tale of three women who rule a city. A priestess grandmother, a reigning queen mother, and a warrior princess daughter must use all their skill and strength in both open and secret battle to defeat an evil emperor and his truly odious, not to mention potent, sorcerous henchman. None of the troika has ever told a bad story on her own, and they do not when collaborating. The only possible caveats are that the three writers blend so well that this is not the book to start an acquaintance with any one of them individually and that the plot is so stock that some may find it lacking in interest. Interest will not, however, be lacking in any book with these three mighty fantasists' names on the cover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380775125
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com.

Mercedes Lackey graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. This, she soon learned, along with a paper hat and a nametag will qualify you to ask "would you like fries with that?" at a variety of fast-food locations.
She had always written from her early teens and developed this hobby by writing fan-fiction for various amateur magazines. In the 1980s she met both Marion Zimmer and C J Cherryh, both of whom helped mentor her from amateur into professional writer. Her first book was published in 1985. Misty is approaching 100 books in print, and her foreign editions include Russian, German, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Turkish, and Japanese. She is the author, alone or in collaboration, of the Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Secret World Chronicles, 500 Kingdoms, Diana Tregarde, Heirs of Alexandria, Obsidian Mountain, Dragon Jouster, Bedlam Bards, Shadow Grail, and other series and standalone books. A night-owl by nature, she is generally found at the keyboard between 10 PM and 6 AM. For more information, see her website: www.mercedeslackey.com.

Andre Norton is perhaps best known as the author of the Witch World novels and wrote over 100 books, including at least one beginning with each letter of the alphabet. She was named a Grandmaster by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Biography

Marion Zimmer Bradley was writing before she could write. As a young girl, before she learned to take pen in hand, she was dictating stories to her mother. She started her own magazine -- devoted to science fiction and fantasy, of course -- as a teenager, and she wrote her first novel when she was in high school.

Given this history of productivity, it is perhaps no surprise that Bradley was working right up until her death in 1999. Though declining health interfered with her output, she was working on manuscripts and editing magazines, including another sci-fi/fantasy publication of her own making.

Her longest-running contribution to the genre was her Darkover series, which began in 1958 with the publication of The Planet Savers. The series, which is not chronological, covers several centuries and is set on a distant planet that has been colonized by humans, who have interbred with a native species on the planet. Critics lauded her efforts to address culture clashes -- including references to gays and lesbians -- in the series.

"It is not just an exercise in planet-building," wrote Susan Shwartz in the St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. "A Darkover book is commonly understood to deal with issues of cultural clash, between Darkover and its parent Terran culture, between warring groups on Darkover, or in familial terms."

Diana Pharoah Francis, writing in Contemporary Popular Writers, noted the series' attention on its female characters, and the consequences of the painful choices they must make: "Struggles are not decided easily, but through pain and suffering. Her point seems to be that what is important costs, and the price is to be paid out of the soul rather than out of the pocketbook. Her characters are never black and white but are all shades of gray, making them more compelling and humanized."

Bradley's most notable single work would have to be The Mists of Avalon. Released in 1983, its 800-plus pages address the King Arthur story from the point of view of the women in his life -- including his wife, his mother and his half sister. Again, Bradley received attention and critics for her female focus, though many insist that she cannot be categorized strictly as a "feminist" writer, because her real focus is always character rather than politics.

"In drawing on all of the female experiences that make of the tapestry of the legend, Bradley is able to delve into the complexity of their intertwined lives against the tapestry of the undeclared war being waged between the Christians and the Druids," Francis wrote in her Contemporary Popular Writers essay. "Typical of Bradley is her focus on this battle, which is also a battle between masculine (Christian) and feminine (Druid) values."

And Maureen Quilligan, in her New York Times review in 1983, said: "What she has done here is reinvent the underlying mythology of the Arthurian legends. It is an impressive achievement. Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Celtic and Orphic stories are all swirled into a massive narrative that is rich in events placed in landscapes no less real for often being magical."

Avalon flummoxed Hollywood for nearly 20 years before finally making it to cable television as a TNT movie in 2001, starring Joan Allen, Anjelica Huston, and Julianna Margulies.

Two years before she died, Bradley's photograph was included in The Faces of Science Fiction, a collection of prominent science fiction writers, such names as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Under it, she gave her own take on the importance of the genre:

"Science fiction encourages us to explore... all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision."

Good To Know

Aside from her science fiction and fantasy writing, Bradley also contributed to the gay and lesbian genre, publishing lesbian fiction under pseudonyms, bibliographies of gay and lesbian literature, and a gay mainstream novel.

Bradley rewrote some editions of her Darkover series to accommodate real advances in technology.

Her first stories were published in pulp science fiction magazines in the 1950s.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Lee Chapman, Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 30, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      Albany, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      September 25, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    The Ultimate Fantasy Novel

    Most fantasy novels have certain elements that make for an entertaining read. This book takes all of those elements and combines them into one story. They left nothing out. And unlike a few books that I've read, where the author attempted to combine all of the key ingredients, the characters' have fully developed personalities. The combination of the three authors is flawless. And, no matter what part of a fantasy novel you like best, this novel does it and does it very, very well. If you never read another fantasy novel READ THIS ONE!!!!!!!

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    Great read

    I have loved this story since i first read it years sgo. My paperback copy is getting quite worn out! I recimmrnd this book to amyone, but especially those who understand that as we age we can become more rather than less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Excellent Book

    This book was incredible. Although the plot can be considered a norm of fantasy, the re-telling of it by these three authors makes it its own entity. Each reader will most likely have their own favorite of the three women; I had two, Shelyra and Adele. There are several twists in the story that keep you guessing, although it is not one where the villain is kept 'unknown' until the end. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes these three authors. I'm well aware that many reviews are only made by those who love the books, but I hope that those reading this will still be influenced to read these, as they are a great find.

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    A wonderful book that paints a very interesting world

    A wonderful book that paints a very interesting world

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